Tharaphita are a band from Estonia that plays a pagan form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Ulestous" which was released by Vaarang Records.
A very hard and heavy sound starts off the album along with some high pitched black metal screams a few seconds later and the guitar riffing brings in a great amount of 80's metal influences but done in a more modern style and the music also uses a great amount of melody in both the riffs and solos.
Pagan style shouts can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the songs also stick to mostly a slow or mid paced musical direction while the music does get semi fast at times and also adds in a small amount of blast beats and as the album progresses acoustic guitars can be heard briefly on one of the songs and a couple of the tracks are long and epic in length.
Tharaphita plays a style that is mostly rooted in the pagan metal direction but also mixes in black metal vocals and also stick to mostly a mid paced direction throughout the recording, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics are written in their native tongue and cover Ancestors and Paganism themes.
In my opinion Tharaphita are a very great sounding pagan/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Dawn Of Armageddon" "Knotting The Words" and "On A Road Forged Of Steel". 8 out of 10.